COVID-19 Coronavirus Public Information

PUBLIC STATEMENT – COVID 19

Port Pirie Regional Council is mindful of community concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID 19) and the impact it is having on our local community.

We find ourselves in an unprecedented environment and would like to assure that the wellbeing of the community is our first priority and that we will continue to monitor and adapt to the rapidly developing and changing situation around the Coronavirus (COVID 19).

Because of the rapidly changing situation we are focussing our primary communication through our website www.pirie.sa.gov.au and Facebook page. We will continue to use radio, television and newspapers to communicate information however using our website and Facebook is a quicker way to get information out.

Please share our website and Facebook information with your family and friends.

With the current advice we have available we are not proposing to change our service levels at this time however we are monitoring this on a daily basis and may decide to take action such as closing our library and limiting some Council services if the spread continues and/or as directed by State and Federal Governments.

Council has a Business Continuity Plan which contemplates a pandemic situation and identifies key services required to be provided. This Plan is continually being reviewed as circumstances evolve and advice is received by the lead agencies, being the State and Federal Government.

Due to the declaration of a Public Health Emergency in South Australia and the Federal Government’s direction to cancel non-essential gatherings the following events have been cancelled -

  • Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery Exhibition, Robyn Stacey: Ray of Light – The exhibition launch scheduled for 21 March 2-4pm. Please note that the exhibition itself will still be open to the public as scheduled. (Cancelled in consultation with Country Arts SA and The Art Gallery of SA)
  • Port Pirie Riverbank Precinct Community Event scheduled for March 21.
  • Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) Masters Tour scheduled for 26 and 27 March.  (Cancelled by Cricket Australia)

The most up to date and trusted information and alerts regarding the Coronavirus should be sourced directly from the lead agencies dealing with the Coronavirus –

Mayor Stephens is in regular communication with our local Member of Parliament The Hon Geoff Brock regarding our preparation and plans for the Coronavirus.

If unsure about what to do at any time, call the Coronavirus Health Information Line for general questions on 1800 020 080.

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Update on Temporary Suspension of Some Council Services

Temporary Closure of Outdoor Play Areas    30 MARCH 2020
Following the Australian Government’s announcement yesterday, Council has temporarily closed all playgrounds and skate parks in our region until further notice.
These are being physically locked where possible and signage installed.
We thank you for your cooperation.

Update on Temporary Suspension of Some Council Services  26 MARCH 2020
Following the Australian Government’s announcement on Tuesday night in response to the public health concerns around COVID-19, the following Port Pirie Regional Council services will be suspended until further notice (effective as of COB yesterday, Wednesday 25 March):
*Port Pirie Library
*Crystal Brook Library
*Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery
*Crystal Brook Swimming Pool
*Port Pirie Visitor Information Centre – consistent with the Federal Government direction around suspension of Local Government non-essential services. Please note, Stateliner Bus Service remains in operation and is still accessible to the public via a separate entrance.
It is also likely that as part of our strategies for continued service delivery, Council staff will be working from different locations in order to comply with social distancing protocols. Further details will be made available as these actions are implemented.
Council will continue to monitor and adapt to this rapidly changing situation and will endeavour to keep you updated.
The safety and wellbeing of the community and our staff are our first priority and we thank you for your support and understanding.

Temporary Suspension of Some Council Services    24 MARCH 2020
Under the direction of the Australian Government in response to the public health concerns around COVID-19, the following Council services will be suspended until further notice:
*Port Pirie Aquatic & Leisure Centre (both indoor and outdoor facilities following confirmation that outdoor pools attached to indoor sporting venues are included in the Australian Government guidelines).
*Port Pirie Visitor Information Centre – Shark Cage Virtual Reality experience.
*Port Pirie Library – All children’s activities (includes Baby Bounce, Lego Club, Sunday Storytime and Gen Z).
*Crystal Brook Community Bus.
As our duty of care to vulnerable people, Council has also suspended the following services until further notice:
*Port Pirie Visitor Information Centre – Weekend and Public Holiday hours suspended.
*Pirie Rail Express Miniature Railway.
*Tech Savvy Seniors (Port Pirie Library).
Based on current Government guidelines, the Crystal Brook Swimming Pool will remain open as per normal operating procedures as it is a separate outdoor facility. Belgravia Leisure has implemented risk mitigation strategies for social distancing and personal hygiene. Please note that the Crystal Brook Pool season is due to conclude on Tuesday 31 March 2020.
We will continue to monitor and adapt to this rapidly changing situation and keep you updated.
The safety and wellbeing of the community is our first priority and we thank you for your support and understanding.

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Online Resources

eBooks & Audiobooks

Open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

You can download items from our collection of ebooks and audiobooks through both OverDrive and ebooks from ePlatform (by Wheelers)

eBook

Using your Port Pirie Regional Library Service borrower card and pin number you can access a large collection of titles from the Overdrive Catalogue. You can borrow up to 6 items at a time and can also reserve items if they are on loan. You can use your compatible mobile device, eReader, PC or Mac to view this material.

Start browsing the Overdrive Catalogue.

Please read the Overdrive Quick reference guide to find out where to start.

Download the Ebook Brochure , supplied by Libraries of SA.

Please see the list of compatible devices.

Additional information and help

*Please note that Kindles are not supported by Overdrive in Australia*

Libby

Using your Port Pirie Regional Library Service borrower card and pin number you can access over 300,000 titles of which 30,000 of these are from over 500 Australian and NZ authors.  Libby has the largest Australian content of any eBook supplier.

Please read the Libby help guide for more information about how to start reading. This page includes FAQ, compatible devices and how to get started.

PressReader

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With over 7,000 publications from over 100 countries in 60+languages, PressReader is the leading digital newspaper and magazine provider for premium content.  Explore titles such as Better Homes & Gardens, Gardening Australia, The Guardian, Vogue​ Australia, Women’s Weekly, Australian Men’s Health, and much more from all over the world. The new PressReader platform allows library users to customise  their reading experience, gain international perspectives, and engage with topics of interests through the bookmark, share, translate, and comment ​features.

PressReader subscriptions are all inclusive, meaning that all publications are made available without the need to select title-by-title. Our SAPLN readers will have access to the entire PressReader catalogue.

New editions of newspapers are added to PressReader on the day of release. The release of some magazines is delayed due to publisher agreements. The PressReader subscription means that borrowers will generally have 90 days of back issues. There are however, restrictions that are set by specific publishers on how far back issues are available.

Press Reader is available in as an App and can downloaded here:

Training Courses

Lynda library

lyndaLibrary is a user-friendly online training resource. It offers a variety of expertly presented training courses, all of which are edited for accuracy. The flexibility of lyndaLibrary allows you to complete training sections at your own pace, and the site will also save your place for your return.

Use of lyndaLibrary is not confined to libraries. Customers can remotely access the site from anywhere in the state.

To access lyndaLibrary, just visit the library’s catalogue page. You will see a link to the lyndaLibrary website. You will need to use your library card and pin number to access the website.

There is no need for extra software. However, desktop or laptop use of the lyndaLibrary suite will require access to the latest version of the Google Chome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari browsers. You must also have JavaScript and web data cookies enabled.

lyndaLibrary also offer various mobile apps. For further information, visit the following site: http://www.lynda.com/mobile-apps

Carter's Antiques Price Guide

Carter's Publications have been publishing price guides on art antiquities, antiques, collectables, retro, vintage and 20th century design for 28 years.

Carter's online price guide features of 90,000 items. The guide is frequently updated and is indexed. You can search by category/subcategory or keyword, with the facility to further refine your search, making it easy to drill down to the item you're seeking.
All antiques and collectables in the database include a professionally photographed image, and have been sourced from dealers and auctioneers in Australia and New Zealand.

Please note this is a price guide and not an online marketplace for antiques and collectables. The items included will have been photographed from several months to several years prior to publication on this site.

Go to Carter's Antiques Price Guide

Trove

Trove is the National Library's free search engine. It enables enquirers to:

  • Search the catalogues and find the holdings of libraries across Australia
  • Search and access the National Library's databases of digitised newspapers, archived websites, maps, pictures, photos and music and video files.
  • Tag, add comments and organise results.

Whether you are tracing your family history, researching a topic, reading for pleasure, teaching or studying, Trove will help you.

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Australian Bureau of Statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics website is committed to providing browsers with Australian statistical information. It also includes pages on ABS products and training, and information for small businesses and universities.

Go to Australian Bureau of Statistics

Commonwealth of Australia Law

ComLaw is the legal information retrieval system owned by the Australian Attorney-General's Department. ComLaw essentially brings low or no-cost access to the law for the community.

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Language

Library Services - Online Resources - Language

Road to IELTS

Road to IELTS is a self-study IELTS preparation course produced by the British Council to help candidates prepare for the IELTS exam. It provides access to free online self-study materials to support IELTS General Training and IELTS Academic test preparations.

Go to Road to IELTS

SACommunity

SACommunity is a database of South Australian community services including information about government, non-government, community based and some private sector organisations that provide services for the South Australian community in the areas of health, welfare, housing, education, community participation, information, legal services, arts and recreation. Searches on the site can be limited to Burnside (or any other council area), or across all council areas.

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Free Ebook Resources

Family History

Library Services - Online Services - Family History

Ancestry Library Edition

The Ancestry Library Edition electronic resource is now available to patrons within the library.This is actually a collection of databases aimed at those doing genealogy. While it is an American product, it includes some Australian (and UK) databases - for example Australian Electoral Rolls 1901 - 1936; Sands Directories for Sydney and NSW 1861 - 1933; Who's Who in Australia 1921 - 1950; Australia Convict Index, 1788 - 1868, and many more. There are more than 4000 databases and 1.5 billion names!

Access is only available in the library - please ask at the Information Desk.

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